The Stick of Truth represents South Park and everything it stands for, from bizarre collectibles to black humour, you will find everything you hoped to get from South Park video game.
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Video games based on TV shows are common, yet very few managed to capture the core of it. Trey Parker and Matt Stone created the TV show that has been going on for years, the whole franchise has a huge fan community. The only thing missing was a video game to make a full run. We got some censorship in the EU, Middle East and Australia, but creators managed to make fun of that with a sarcastic image that replaces scenes which have been cut out. It is a game based on TV show and as such deserved to have those outrageous scenes.
You are a New Kid in town who stepped into a fantasy world where an imaginary war is raging between humans and elves. Your parents decided to move to South Park to get away from something that happened to you and made you silent. You cannot talk, but have to make friends and choose a side in a hilarious war over The Stick of Truth, for those who possess this powerful artefact control the universe. Butters is first kid you will encounter, and upon saving him he will take you to the Wizard King, Eric Cartman, the ruler of the KKK (the Kingdom of Kupa Keep). Whether you will join them, or decide to stand by Kyle and his elves is totally up to you.
As a role-playing game, The Stick of Truth asks you to create a character and soon you will have to choose a class. Fighter, Mage, Thief and Jew are there to choose from. If you decide to be a Jew, Cartman will tell you that you probably cannot be friends, but you could run finances for the KKK. The game is full of offensive jokes and that is what South Park does best. Sarcasm has always been a part of TV show, seeing it implemented into a video game just makes you want to continue to see what’s next. It did become too much for me few times, but we all have our own personal preference.
South Park The Stick of Truth world is that of TV show, with all of its buildings, environment and characters. Styled as a cartoon with game mechanics that would play well on any serious RPG title. Although this one could be seen more than serious if you think of all those rude actions players are asked to do. I was side tracked with silly things just to see what reaction I could get, or what new item will be added to my Toy Box. Some of those are useful and some are there just to remind you of what South Park is all about. Even though it looks and feels like a cartoon, the game requires some combat and magic skills. Learning a new magic, for example, can be frustrating while choosing the right move and timing it correctly in battle is not that hard for most part of a game. This is one of the few titles that got turn-based combat system right.
Almost every character from TV show has been voiced in a game, and has something to say to you. Unfortunately you cannot say a single word, though it will give you a feeling what it is like to get accepted in a new social group. Having to do things to get accepted among new friends, with occasional bullying and offensive tasks is part of South Park for years. The game just captures it all too well. Enemies on your way are Gingers, aliens, homeless people and such, everything you could have hoped for from South Park video game is there. One thing that could have been done better is tutorial, though it was never much of a problem learning a new skill. Speaking of skills, it would have been nice to see more differences between classes, such as unlockable weapons and items. Without that, I cannot see myself replaying the game to try another class. My first choice was Mage, and Jew would have been next. Just for the sake of it, since it is the only game with that class available.
Playing The Stick of Truth felt like being a part of South Park series and that was the best gaming experience based on any TV show so far. Obsidian, along with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, delivered more than I expected, a video game that was fun. Despite all of the controversy surrounding the title, South Park The Stick of Truth was entertaining and full of sick jokes that fit in some strange way. Some parts were too much for my taste, but it never stopped me from progressing all the way to the end.
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